My name is John Lapham. I grew up learning Wing Chun Kung Fu from my father in Seattle, WA. I’ve trained for ten serious years and taught for about five.
I taught Wing Chun for a little over a year while living in Chengdu, a city in South-west China. I have taught and facilitated at the North Seattle Wing Chun school for over a year. I now live in Guangdong Province, in Southern China, and continue to seek and practice Wing Chun.
I spent several years practising Tai Chi and push hands. I have been learning Balintawak Escrima for about two years. Besides that, I have dabbled in other forms of Escrima and in Jiu Jitsu. When I have the space I practice throwing weapons, usually bo-shuriken and knives. I’ve also spent extensive amount of time practising Hatha Yoga and Insight Meditation, and studying philosophy from every culture I can, but mostly in the Chinese and Greek and Latin traditions, all of which I believe to be relevant to the martial arts.
Professionally, I have spent over a year working in security, and several months as night club security. While the security profession involves a lot of alertness and only short bursts of action, I have learned a lot from studying and speaking with experts in the field.
I hope you find my blog entertaining, thoughtful, and informational. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments or anything else! While I will be doing most of the writing here, I hope for it to be more of a learning experience, both by sharing what I learn, as well as discussing with my readers. So please, send me a letter, or even a few words, if you can.
Following is a diagram of my Wing Chun lineage: